Information culture: a perspective from mainland China

Zhiying Lian, Gillian Oliver

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    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the concept of information culture in Mainland China and apply the information culture framework to an organizational setting. Design/methodology/approach: The foundation for the research is provided by a review of Chinese and English language literature and a case study of a university library was conducted, involving semi-structured interviews. 

    Findings: The information culture framework facilitated identification of factors not recognized in previous information culture research, including uniquely Chinese factors of egocentrism, guanxi (relationships), mianzi (face), hexie (harmony) and renqing (mutual benefit). A further finding highlighted the profound differences between archives and library institutions in China. 

    Originality/value: The paper provides the first step toward further exploring features of Chinese organizational culture which will not only influence information management practices but also highlight the issues relating to collaboration between libraries and archives in China.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)109-125
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Documentation
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2019


    • Archives
    • China
    • Information control
    • Information culture
    • Information management
    • Libraries

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